Legal news from Tuesday, February 1, 2005
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Videotapes show Guantanamo Bay [JURIST Hot Topic] military prison riot squads subduing some detainees by punching them, tying one to a gurney and forcing them to strip from the waist down, according to a report by investigators from the US Southern Command [official website] obtained by AP. Investigators found [read more]

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[JURIST] In Tuesday's environmental law news, the US House Committee on Resources [official website] has announced that it is expecting to vote on February 9 on a broad energy bill that would allow oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) [official website], speed up approval of drilling permits [read more]

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[JURIST] Following up on a story reported earlier [JURIST report] today on JURIST's Paper Chase, Senate Democrats said Tuesday they will not try to filibuster the nomination of Alberto Gonzales [White House biography; JURIST Newsmaker] as attorney general, although they are expected to delay a final vote until at least [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Following up a story reported earlier [JURIST report] today on JURIST's Paper Chase, the US State Department [official website] has welcomed the release of the UN report on the violence in Sudan [JURIST Countries], although it has maintained its characterization of the actions as genocide, contrary to the UN's [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Slovenia's National Assembly [official site] ratified the European Constitution [official website; JURIST Hot Topic] Tuesday with an overwhelming 79-4 vote in favor, making it the third country to do so following Lithuania and Hungary [JURIST reports]. The constitution requires ratification by all 25 member states before it takes effect [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Israel's attorney general said Tuesday that he had previously been unaware of the government's secret seizure of Palestinian property in East Jerusalem under a 1950 land law. Attorney General Meni Manuz [official profile] called the plan illegal and ordered the government to halt it, arguing the law did not [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The British government has released an Egyptian man it had held since December 2001 without trial or charges, the Home Office [official website] reported Tuesday. The man, identified only as "C," was released from prison Monday because there was not enough evidence to hold him as a terror suspect, [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's corporations and securities law news, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) [official website], who have been examining the trading schemes Enron [corporate website, JURIST Hot Topic] employed on Western power consumers, contend that the energy giant should be forced to relinquish all profits, some $1.9 billion, earned [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler [official profile] Tuesday introduced what he termed "landmark legislation" to legalize same-sex marriage in Canadian federal law. Cotler described the Civil Marriage Act [background from Canada's Department of Justice] as protecting both minority rights and freedom of religion, so "that no religious officials will [read more]

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[JURIST] Haiti's interim election council has called for national elections on Nov. 13 to fill the gap created last year by the ouster of elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide [BBC profile]. Local elections are scheduled for Oct. 9. Aristide supporters have threatened an election boycott if so-called political attacks [BBC story] [read more]

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[JURIST] Abdul Hussein al-Hindawi, chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq [official website], said Tuesday that a final vote count from the January 30 election would be announced in "a few days." The IECI had previously estimated the vote count would take 7 to 10 days, but results are [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] For the fifth year in a row, identity theft topped the list of most reported frauds, the Federal Trade Commission [official site] reported Tuesday. The number of complaints about identity theft increased 15 percent from the previous year, and reprsesent about 40 percent of all complaints received by the [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Senate Democrats said Tuesday that they plan to take a tough stance on President Bush's proposed judicial appointments [pending White House nominations; current judicial vacancies], and commented that some Democrats regret not having blocked even more appointments. During Bush's first term, Democrats blocked votes on 10 appointments to the [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] In an agreement with prosecutors, Sgt. Javal Davis, 27, pleaded guilty Tuesday as anticipated [JURIST report] to dereliction of duty, battery and making a false official statement to Army investigators in connection with maltreatment of detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The guilty pleas were entered after [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] White House spokesman Scott McClellan Tuesday denied reports that Secretary of Homeland Security nominee Michael Chertoff [DOJ resume], a former Justice Department official, advised the CIA on the use of certain torture techniques on terror suspects. McClellan said Chertoff did not approve any tactics, and instead told intelligence officials [read more]

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[JURIST] Members of Sudan's National Assembly unanimously approved a peace deal with Darfur rebels Tuesday, designed to end more than two decades of conflict between Khartoum and the southern region of the country. The deal was reached [JURIST report] earlier this month in Kenya between officials from the government and [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The full US Senate [official website] Tuesday began debate on the nomination of White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales [White House biography; JURIST Newsmaker] for attorney general, with a vote expected to be held Thursday. Gonzales' nomination was narrowly approved [JURIST report] by the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 10-8 [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic [ICTY case backgrounder; JURIST Newsmaker] was delayed again Tuesday after Milosevic contracted the flu, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] reported. Presiding Judge Patrick Robinson is scheduled to decide the length of the latest delay later today [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish authorities Tuesday arrested four suspects linked to the Madrid train bombings [JURIST Hot Topic]. All four arrested were Moroccan nationals, and authorities believed they were part of the Moroccan Islamic Combat Group, a terrorist group. The four, who were named as husband and wife Allal Moussaten and Safia [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Russian independent newspaper Kommersant [official website] protested a court judgment against the publication by leaving its Monday editions blank, save for an upside down copy of the court's opinion and several other satirical items. The court issued an $11.4 million ruling against Kommersant for suggesting that Alfa Bank was [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Malaysian government [official website] has delayed arresting illegal immigrants after threatening a major campaign against hundreds of thousands of foreign workers once a three-month amnesty period closed Monday. Malaysian Home Secretary Azmi Khalid said arrests had been avoided because many illegal immigrants had left voluntarily [JURIST report] in [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] After summoning the Prime Minister for an emergency meeting [Himalayan News Service report], Nepal's King Gyanendra [BBC profile] sacked the country's government Tuesday and declared a state of emergency, cutting phone lines, shutting down the airport and sending armed vehicles on patrol. In a formal announcement King Gyanendra said, [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] Continuing a story first reported yesterday on JURIST's Paper Chase, a UN report on whether genocide has been committed in Sudan [JURIST report] has accused the Sudanese government and its militia allies of killing, torturing and raping civilians in the Darfur region, but says that a policy to commit [read more]

06:02 EDT

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Tuesday, Feb. 1.The US Senate [official website] convenes today at 9:45 AM ET for regular business and to consider the nomination of Alberto Gonzales [official biography; JURIST Newsmaker] for attorney general. Watch a live [read more]

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